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Taking a break from the dirty stuff, making a gauge panel

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rustybucket, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. rustybucket
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 265


    I thought you guys might enjoy some pics of my latest creation for the lakes roadster. I decided to take a break from chassis work and do a fun little moral booster project. The result is this gauge panel for a hand pressure pump. Destined for under dash duty, A US Gauge co. WWII low range fuel pressure gauge will provides the vital stats. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the dirty stuff and get recharged.


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  2. Nice work. I love it when people spend the time on the details. I can only imagine what the rest of the car will look like.
  3. Frank
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,321


    I hear you. Sometimes you gotta spend some time with the pretty stuff besides all the rust and dirty work. Putting my grill on and mounting headlights charged me up and now I've got a whole new motivation.

    Beautiful work...and photography. Are you using a craytex bit to do your engine turning?
  4. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
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  5. rustybucket
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 265


    Thanks for the compliments…

    This is the second time I’ve engine turned something. I still haven’t gotten it 100% down yet. For this go around I used sandpaper laminated to foam double stick tape. It didn’t work out as well as expected. The sandpaper wore out pretty quickly. I ended up making a disk for every row. I haven’t tried the craytex bits yet.


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  6. happy hoppy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2001
    Posts: 2,332

    happy hoppy

    I love it, the brass hardware is a nice touch
  7. Nice work!! Where did you find the gauge?

    Wish I had known about your project. I sure want to trade a panel mount pump for a cowl mount.
  8. raaf
    Joined: Aug 27, 2002
    Posts: 582


    terrific work and excellent photos.
  9. Very cool!:cool: Nice work and neat looking old parts!
  10. Man I need to be a machinist. I love engine turned stuff :) That is gorgeous even if its not 100% perfect, looks great in my book, and best part of all its 100% hand made by you yourself..
  11. Nah, just need a drill press and a lot of patience.
  12. u know I thought of that too but with my luck one screw up and id have to start all over again lol
  13. Floorboardinit
    Joined: Dec 2, 2004
    Posts: 771


    Wow I've never seen a fuel pressure gauge used with manual fuel pump. Was that something they did back in the day? Anyway, nice work, I've always thought engine turned stuff was the coolest.
  14. I've seen a few of these hand pressure pumps, how do they work? What type of engine is it for?
  15. SanDiegoJoe
    Joined: Apr 18, 2004
    Posts: 3,519


    Really well thought out and nicely executed. Great pix, too.

    - Joe
  16. Cshabang
    Joined: Mar 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,458


    thats friggin cool...can't wait to see the rest of it
  17. jonny o
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 836

    jonny o

    Beautiful parts... Beautiful lighting...
    Good to see the cold in Cbus doesn't have you stir crazy.
  18. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,206

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    from Tucson AZ

    Very nice! I know what you mean about getting away from some of the heavy work. I find that kind of stuff to be fun and relaxing.

    You do nice work.
  19. cuznbrucie
    Joined: May 1, 2005
    Posts: 2,567


    Great work, Chris.......

    See you at the showdown in May.......

  20. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    NIIIICE! love the little details like this. the brass screws against the alluminum is a nice detail within this detail. real nice work.

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